News in Brief

Apache Kafka Gains Traction Among Enterprise Users

Apr 27, 2016 |

The embrace of stream processing and real-time data access is driving enterprise adoption of the Apache Kafka distributed messaging system, according to an industry survey released at a Kafka summit this week. Confluent Inc., the Palo Alto, Calif., company founded by the creators of Apache Kafka, reported that its industry survey revealed that 88 percent of companies polled said they expect to adopt the tool for their data and application infrastructures by 2017. Moreover, nearly one-third of respondents said they Read more…

Redis, Samsung Team on In-Memory Boost

Apr 26, 2016 |

Seeking a “generational change” in the economics of in-memory computing, database specialist Redis Labs Inc. has collaborated with South Korean memory chip powerhouse Samsung Electronics to accelerate the processing and analysis of bulging datasets using next-generation memory technology designed to significantly cut memory costs. Redis Labs, Mountain View, Calif., said this week its flash-based platform running on standard x86 servers is available now as part of the company’s enterprise cluster. Along with standard SSD instances available on public clouds, a Read more…

Neo4j Pushes Graph DB Limits Past a Quadrillion Nodes

Apr 26, 2016 |

A graph database with a quadrillion nodes? Such a monstrous entity is beyond the scope of what technologist are trying to do now. But with the latest release of the Neo4j database from Neo Technology, such a graph is theoretically possible. There is effectively no limit to the sizes of graphs that people can run with Neo4j 3.0, which was announced today, says Neo Vice President of Products Philip Rathle. “Before Neo4j 3.0, graph sizes were limited to tens of Read more…

Exascale Storage Targets Big Data Archives

Apr 21, 2016 |

With exascale computing comes the requirement for exascale storage. Such a storage platform has emerged in the form of what is touted as the largest capacity tape storage library aimed initially at media and entertainment companies but also targeting HPC applications. Spectra Logic of Boulder, Colo., unveiled its exascale tape storage system at this week’s National Association of Broadcasters annual trade show—hence, the media emphasis. However, Spectra Logic has previously worked with NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing Division at its Ames Research Read more…

Alliance Coalesces Around Mesosphere Platform

Apr 21, 2016 |

The datacenter operating system movement continues to gather momentum with the announcement by Apache Mesos developer Mesosphere of a broad alliance backing the beta release of an all-encompassing platform for building and scaling enterprise applications. The new platform, dubbed DC/OS, is based on Mesosphere’s datacenter operation system tool. The initial release of DC/OS announced on Tuesday (4/19) expands earlier capabilities to include running application containers at scale along with “single-click” installation of more than 20 services. DC/OS is further touted Read more…

Healthcare IT, Big Data Investments Surge in Q1

Apr 20, 2016 |

Venture capitalists poured more than $1 billion into the healthcare IT sector during the first quarter of 2016 as investors look to target data analytics and telemedicine for growth. The first three months also saw several large big data acquisitions as key players like IBM’s Watson Health unit continued their buying sprees. Market researcher Mercom Capital Group reported that venture funding for healthcare IT and “digital health” soared 27 percent over the previous quarter during the first three months of Read more…

Economists See Role For Data in Battling Drought

Apr 19, 2016 |

As data lakes grow wider and deeper while drought persists in large sections of the American West, economists and other big thinkers are considering how to use big data to get a handle on the increasingly precious commodity: fresh water. One possible big data application proposed by social scientists is leveraging existing statistical and analytical tools along with databases traditionally used to track customer demand to gauge water usage. Based on demand, water districts could for example use those insights Read more…

Analytics Increasingly Seen Embedded in Apps

Apr 18, 2016 |

Demand for embedded analytics is surging, according to a new industry study that found a growing number of user want analytics integrated with applications. Further, that combination translates into a greater use of embedded analytics, nearly double that of business intelligence tools, the study found. The embedded analytics study released in mid-April by vendor Logi Analytics also noted that the trend toward embedded tools is being driven by the view that an application’s value is tied to data and the Read more…

Blockchain Startup Reboots with AI, Machine Learning

Apr 14, 2016 |

A blockchain intelligence vendor focused on combining the technology used to record and verify transactions with big data and artificial intelligence has attracted a pair of top technologist to serve in senior positions. Skry Inc., formerly Coinalytics, unveiled a name change this week along with the addition of new CTO and chief data scientist. The block chain analytics and intelligence firm based in Silicon Valley said Akash Singh, former CTO for data science at Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei (SHE: 002502) Read more…

Crowdsourcing Used to Augment Machine Learning

Apr 13, 2016 |

As unstructured data continues to pile up, different approaches and platforms are emerging to help businesses make greater analytical use of what otherwise might amount to clutter. Among the latest approaches is an “intelligent crowdsourcing platform” from Spare5, a Seattle-based startup specializing in, among other things, data “cleanup.” Spare5’s proprietary platform unveiled Wednesday (April 13) incorporates a crowdsourcing approach that leverages the experience of domain specialists to perform “custom micro-tasks.” Once “filtered for quality,” the resulting tasks can be used Read more…